Starring Maja

Starring Maja

film-roll Sweden / Color / 94' / 2009

In a hopelessly small town somewhere in long and narrow Sweden, lives 18-year-old Maja. Her life’s dream is to become an actress. She wants to be the centre of attention, she wants everyone to see her, wants them to see the beautiful human being she is on the inside. Only it’s a little hard to see. Heavily overweight, clumsy and socially inept, Maja struggles to realise her life’s dream during her final term at high school. Her road to success is lined with comedy and tragedy, as she is dogged by the prejudices of the people around her against someone with the ”wrong” appearance. Yet she struggles on regardless, trying to find the strength and the self-esteem necessary to really take centre stage – on her own two feet and on her own terms.

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Teresa Fabik

Teresa studied film, and film directing at Stockholm University 1996-1997, and Stockholm Film School 1997-1998. In 2001, she wrote and directed the short film “The Last Waltz” that received a number of awards at various film festivals. In 2004, Teresa’s first feature film, “The Ketchup Effect” premiered in Sweden and was seen by over 300,000 moviegoers. The film also received a number of awards, including Norway’s Amanda Award for “Best Nordic Film Debut”, the Canal + Award, and the “Nordic Debutant Award” at the Gothenburg Film Festival. “Starring Maja” is Teresa’s second feature film.

Director
Teresa Fabik
Screenplay
Teresa Fabik
Cinematography
Tobias Hoiem Flyckt
Editing
Martin Hunter
Michal Leszczylowski SFK
Music
Louise Heaney
Film Cast
Zandra Andersson
Moa Silén
Maria Lundqvist
Anastasios Soulis
Producer
Sandra Harms
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